Thursday, May 30, 2019

Scott Reaches Semifinals at ITF G1 in Belgium; Four American Juniors Advance to Final Round of French Open Qualifying; Anisimova into Women's French Open Third Round; D-I and D-II All Americans Revealed

Unseeded 14-year-old Katrina Scott has advanced to the semifinals of the ITF Grade 1 tournament in Belgium, this week's warm-up for the French Open Junior Championships, which begin Sunday in Paris.  Unfortunately for Scott, she was too far down in the rankings to have a chance to play in Paris this year, but she could sneak into Wimbledon Junior qualifying, which will be based on the rankings after this week's tournaments.

Today in Belgium, Scott defeated unseeded Sophia Biolay of France 6-3, 6-4 in the most competitive match she has had this week. Scott, who now has reached three Grade 1 semifinals this year, will need to beat top seed and Australian Open girls finalist Leylah Fernandez of Canada Friday to advance to her first Grade 1 final. Qualifier Elvina Kalieva, who beat No. 2 seed Hurricane Tyra Black yesterday, lost to No. 8 seed Carole Monnet of France 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Black and Gabby Price, the No. 3 seeds in girls doubles, lost to No. 7 seeds Skyler Grishuk and Northern Mariana Islands' Carol Lee 6-2, 6-4.

At the French Open Junior qualifying, four of the seven Americans competing advanced to the second round: Chloe Beck[5], Charlotte Chavatipon[7], Will Grant[12] and Dali Blanch[11].  There were several surprises in girls first round action, with top qualifying seed and Santa Croce Grade 1 finalist Mell Reasco Gonzalez of Ecuador losing to Viktoriya Petrenko of Ukraine 6-2, 6-4 and Milan semifinalist and No. 3 seed Melodie Collard of Canada falling to Ana Geller of Argentina 6-0, 2-6, 7-6(6).

Live scoring for French junior qualifying is available at TennisTicker.

Seventeen-year-old Amanda Anisimova continued her impressive results at majors this year, beating No. 11 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus 6-4, 6-2 in today's French Open second round. Anisimova also beat Sabalenka in the third round of the Australian Open earlier this year. Anisimova will face Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania Saturday, with a chance to match her Australian Open run to the final 16. Serena Williams[10] also moved into the third round, where she'll play Sonya Kenin, who received a walkover from Bianca Andreescu. Australian wild card Priscilla Hon earned a split with Madison Keys[14] late in the day Thursday, with the third set of that match scheduled for Friday.
Sloane Stephens[7] plays Polona Hercog of Slovenia in Friday's third round action.

Taylor Fritz lost to No. 18 seed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-2, 6-3, 6-2, after beating Bautista Agut in the quarterfinals of the ATP 250 in Lyon last week.

There's only one former college player left in either the men's or women's singles draw, and it's 21-year-old qualifier Aliona Bolsova of Spain, who played for one year at Oklahoma State, then transferred to Florida Atlantic, where she played one year before turning pro. A former ITF junior No. 4, Bolsova explains why she decided to play college tennis and why that decision kept her in the sport in this article on the WTA website.

The ITA released its official list of All-Americans, with seeds at the NCAAs, players who reach the singles round of 16 or doubles quarterfinals at the NCAAs, or those who finish with a Top 20 ranking eligible for the designation. A link to the Division I list is here.

Because there is no individual tournament for Division II, their All-American honors are confined to those who finish in the Top 20 in the final rankings. That list is available here.


Janet Kingsley said...

Sad to see a 14 year old like Katrina Scott with that silly tape on. That tape does nothing according to medical research. If she is sore or injured she should rest and undergo therapy to strengthen the shoulder. We do not need anymore Ci Ci Bellis situations where injuries are ignored to win matches at a young age and careers are over by 18 years old.